Broadening Your Gaming Scope
I’ve been an Xbox 360 game for the better part of the millennium with me almost exclusively playing on the platform. Throughout the years I’ve amassed quite the impressive GamerScore and managed to play the majority of titles available for the platform. Recently, however, I felt like I had to diversify my gaming experience. This means that I would play games on other platforms that I usually wouldn’t even have bothered, just for the sake of some variety. With AAA releases being so slow and the fact that the Xbox One will probably release locally when the apes retake the Earth, I decided to broaden my horizons so to speak.
The first gaming platform I spent some time on was my Nintendo 3DS. I played games such as Pokemon Y, Fire Emblem, Rune Factory 2 & 3, Animal Crossing, Super Mario 3D Land and basically all the Nintendo exclusives I could get my hands on. The experience was great. While you can clearly see that the games were made with a more child friendly audience in mind, it didn’t stop them from being ridiculously fun and addictive. I saw it as a nice break from the shooting, maiming and serious concentration that most recent games required of me. While most of these titles weren’t deep at all gameplay wise, except Fire Emblem of course, they still offered tremendous value for money and something entertaining to do while I was busy removing the enamel from the toilet.
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Being an Xbox gamer for so long, I didn’t really get to see different genres and experiences that weren’t available for the Xbox. Games like Animal Crossing would have never made their way to my platform of choice and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to actually play it rather than just reading about it on meme websites. Although, I have neglected my town recently and it’s probably in full anarchy by now.
I’ve also traversed into the realms of, wait for it, PC gaming. Yes, it turns out that the crappy 2 year old laptop I’m typing on right now can actually run a great deal of games available on Steam. Thanks to the Steam Family Sharing Beta and some very generous friends, I had to chance to experience all these great indie titles that I’ve heard so much about, but never bothered to play them. I’ve also played games such as Hearthstone which I very much enjoy. Now, I would elaborate more about my short venture into the Cathedral of the Master Race, but I fear that this article wouldn’t be sufficient to explain everything in great detail so I’m saving it for a later article. Look out for that if you want a console gamer’s perspective of the world of PC gaming.
Nevertheless, what I’ve basically done is broaden my gaming horizons. Gaming is a good thing and you can’t get too much of a good thing. If I had a PS3 or PS4 at my disposal then you can bet your ass that I would have played all the exclusives available for the platform. Alas, I cannot as of yet, but it’s something I desperately want to do. The more games I experience, the more knowledgeable I am of them and it can only help me develop as a gamer. This is why I feel so sorry for people that stick to one particular platform and never differentiate from their choice. I was like that with only playing on my Xbox and I can safely say that I missed out on so much because I didn’t want to branch out.
So maybe pick up a different controller for a change and experience all the great gaming goodness that is available out there. You will only do yourself a favour.